The importance of the Darien indigenous peoples for illegal trade during the first half of the eighteenth century
Garcia Lara, Fior Daliso
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This research focuses on the role of the Darien indigenous people in illegal trade from 1700 to 1750 in Panama. Given its geographic location, the Darien region became an ideal place for contraband because, until the second half of the Eighteenth Century, this was an unknown area to the Spanish authorities. The indigenous peoples of the Darien inserted themselves into these activities during the transition from mercantilism to the increasingly open commercial practice that were party the result of the Bourbonic Reforms. This work analyzes documents from the Archivo General de Indias , specifically Royal Decrees and maps, in research of the active role played by the Daren indigenous peoples in the economic development of colonial Panama.